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Breaking: Baum USA Closing their Doors, Suspending U.S. Repairs of Braille Displays



Baum USA, distributor of Baum braille displays and other products, is closing its doors as of the end of business today.

Aira streaming superbowl descriptions, including comercials and halftime show



Aira user Greg Stilson will be attending the Superbowl Sunday Feb 4th, and will be using Aira to get descriptions of the big event. Generously, he and aira will be streaming the event to all, even if you're not currently an Aira subscriber.

NVDA users rejoice: Firefox 58 is now available and includes many accessibility improvements



On January 23, Mozilla released Firefox version 58. The previous Firefox version, 57, known as Firefox Quantum, was a major Firefox release which changed how webpages were rendered, but unfortunately also [rendered Firefox much slower and less accessible to screen reader users including users of NVDA

Google launches dedicated accessibility support



Ever wished you could get more help with the accessibility of your google products? Now you can. After being in beta for several months, Google now offers a dedicated accessibility support team for all your accessibility questions.

Breaking: APH Announces Orders For the Orbit Reader 20 Will Start February 2



APH has announced via it's mailing list for the Orbit Reader 20 that they will start taking orders tomorrow for the much anticipated braille display/notetaker.

Breaking: VFO Magnifies its Portfolio Again with Acquisition of Enhanced Vision



VFO, owners of Ai Squared, Freedom Scientific, Optelec, and The Paciello Group has now acquired Enhanced Vision, a company known for making video magnifiers.

Duxbury Systems releases DBT WIN version 12.2 SR1 with New Braille Embosser Support, More Goodies



Popular braille printing and translation software Duxbury has released an update to their windows application. Existing Duxbury 12.2 users can update for free today by opening the DBT Win application, going to the help menu and selecting check for updates.

Submissions for the 2018 Holman Prize now open



One of the biggest prizes for blind or visually impaired people is back for its second year and the application period is now open.

Sendero Group begins testing indoor wayfinding app, seeking local field testers in Chicago and Baltimore



Sendero group, recent recipient of a grant from National Institute of Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, is prototyping an app to aid with the often hectic navigation in large in door spaces such as malls or airports. If you are a visually impaired resident of Chicago or Baltimore or can travel to one of these cities, Sendero Group is requesting your help to test and refine the effectiveness of this prototype on-site.

Noticing device slowdown after updating iOS? Take advantage of apple's battery discounts now



As you may or may not be aware, it has recently come to light that older iPhones are often known to experience reduced performance due to how apple handles new features on devices with older batteries.

Out Of Sight Games Completes Their Quest Line With The Official Release Of A Hero's Call



Out Of Sight Games updated their Kickstarter page with news that the audio-driven PC version of their Role Playing Game is now available for purchase from the official site.

Popular website Eyes Free Fitness now has an iPhone App



BlindAlive has now released a companion to their Eyes Free Fitness website. According to the description from the App Store, the app offers a variety of workout types, all described freely, enabling visually impaired people of all fitness levels to set and achieve their personal fitness goals. The app also allows users to access content from across the BlindAlive blog and podcasts.

Seeing AI version 2.0 released with new features, including handwriting and currency recognition



Version 2.0 of Seeing Ai, the app which Microsoft released earlier this year and which has now been downloaded over 100000 times, was released today. In addition to now being available in 35 countries, version 2.0 of the app has introduced a number of new features likely to be of interest to blind and visually impaired users.

Virgin Atlantic offers audio description on its in-flight entertainment



We all hate flying. Its crowded, its risky, and no telling what security is going to ask next. However, if you fly the international airline Virgin Atlantic, your flight has just gotten a little better. Following in the recent trend of adding audio description to mainstream content, Virgin Atlantic has just added audio description to their in-flight media.

Company Seeks Feedback about Airport Check-in Kiosks



If you have opinions or experiences regarding airport check-in kiosks, a company wants to hear from you.

November's BrailleNote Touch Update could Make You a Graphing Pro



The November update for HumanWare's BrailleNote Touch is all about math, especially graphing.

Santa Again Contracts with the NFB to Send Braille Letters to Blind Kids



In what has become an annual tradition, Santa Claus has partnered with some of his elves in Baltimore to send braille letters to blind children.

NVDA 2017.4 Release Candidate Diversifies Browse Mode Support, Drops XP and Vista



Another season, another release candidate for NVDA. The 4th version for 2017 includes a variety of improvements and also drops Windows XP and Vista support.

Firefox Quantum May Slow Down your Screen Reader on Tuesday; Here's What You Can Do



Firefox 57 Quantum will be released on Tuesday, and many screen reader users may want to avoid the update.

Now you can Describe Chicken Nugget in 280 Characters with Version 4.5



Accessible Apps has released another free update to the Chicken Nugget Twitter client for Windows and now Twitter is twice as fun.

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